Alternative investments

Alternative investments

A changing investment environment is presenting new challenges. But alternatives remain as important as ever for investors seeking enhanced income, returns and diversification.

Discover our alternatives capabilities

Invesco provides investors exposure to private capital, private credit, real estate, costumised solutions and commodities by leveraging our institutional investment expertise, deep resources, and global investment platform.

Private markets

Innovation that leverages Invesco’s global resources to uncover diversified sources of return across public and private markets.

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Real estate

With ~ $90 bn in AUM, we’re one of the world’s largest real estate managers. Explore our real core, debt, higher-returning, listed, sector specific capabilities.

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Private credit

With a preference for senior secured debt, our capabilities include broadly syndicated loans, direct lending and distressed credit.

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Commodity ETFs

Commodities can help you diversify your portfolio and mitigate against the effects of inflation. Our ETF range can help you gain efficient access to an asset class that’s otherwise highly illiquid.

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A broad range of investments fall into the ‘alternatives’ asset class, including real estate, private credit, private equity, infrastructure and hedge funds. The asset class is growing, as investors continue to turn to alternatives for diversification and to navigate challenging market conditions.

Alternative assets often behave differently to public market assets like equities and bonds. Their unique characteristics mean that they can help investors achieve a diversified portfolio. Typically, they also generate higher returns than public market assets.

We manage over $180 billion¹ in alternative strategies, spanning private credit, real estate, private equity and beyond. We share some highlights below:

  • Real estate: Invesco Real Estate is a global real estate manager, with local people on the ground in 21 offices worldwide. We invest across the risk-return spectrum, from core to higher returning strategies. Our expertise covers public, private, equity and debt capabilities.

  • Private credit: Invesco Private Credit is one of the world’s largest and longest-tenured private credit managers. We pursue opportunities across broadly syndicated loans, direct lending, distressed debt and special situations.

  • Private markets platform: Invesco Solutions offers a private markets platform, which streamlines the process of investing in alternative assets. Alongside Invesco’s in-house capabilities, it provides access to partner firms with expertise in private equity, private credit, real estate and infrastructure.

Traditionally, alternative assets (like real estate and some types of private credit) have been slower to buy or sell than public market assets (like equities and bonds). Often, this is because they are not traded on a screen with daily liquidity. Likewise, the market may be smaller with fewer eligible buyers and sellers, or the transaction may have to be privately arranged.

Liquid alternatives, on the other hand, can be bought or sold more frequently. Some fund structures (like ETFs) can help achieve greater liquidity. For example, Invesco offers a broad range of commodity ETFs with daily access.

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  • 1 Source: as of 31 December 2023.

Investment risks

  • The value of investments and any income will fluctuate (this may partly be the result of exchange rate fluctuations) and investors may not get back the full amount invested.

    Alternative investment products may involve a higher degree of risk, may engage in leveraging and other speculative investment practices  that may increase the risk of investment loss, can be highly illiquid, may not be required to provide periodic pricing or valuation information to investors, may involve complex tax structures and delays in distributing important tax information, are not subject to the same regulatory requirements as mutual portfolios, often charge higher fees which may offset any trading profits, and in many cases the underlying investments are not transparent and are known only to the investment manager. There is often no secondary market for private equity interests, and none is expected to develop. There may be restrictions on transferring interests in such investments.

Important information

  • Data is provided as at 31 December 2023, sourced from Invesco, unless otherwise stated.

    This is marketing material and not financial advice. It is not intended as a recommendation to buy or sell any particular asset class, security or strategy. Regulatory requirements that require impartiality of investment/investment strategy recommendations are therefore not applicable nor are any prohibitions to trade before publication. Views and opinions are based on current market conditions and are subject to change.